H.T. Cushman Manufacturing Co Furniture
The H.T. Cushman Manufacturing Co. was an American furniture manufacturer which operated from the late 19th to the late 20th century.
Brief history and description
Henry Theodore Cushman established his first business just after the American Civil War. At the start of the 1870’s, he began a factory where he invented novelty items, such as pencil erasers, before founding the H.T. Cushman furniture company in 1889, moving to a larger factory in Vermont so as to keep up with demand.
Cushman began dabbling in furniture production by making items such as umbrella racks and music stands, but by 1892, the H.T. Cushman furniture company was making over 150 varieties of full scale furniture pieces, and employing some 30-100 people.
In the early 1900’s, the company began to produce Mission-style furniture, expanding the line until it was a high seller and a strong competitor in an already heavily saturated market.
In 1964, the company was sold to General Industries, who later sold it to Green Mountain Furniture Company, which closed business in 1980.
Guide for collectors
H.T. Cushman pieces are widely available at antique shops, have appeared at auctions with both mainstream and specialist auction houses, and also have a certain availability at online auctioneers such as eBay.
Terry Williams Antiques features a gallery of high quality images of H.T. Cushman pieces, which may be a useful aid for prospective collectors seeking to verify the authenticity of a particular item.
Cushman Colonial Furniture contains a wealth of information for collectors and enthusiasts, including an extensive history of the company and information on their product range, as well as a regularly updated link to related Ebay listings.
The highest price fetched at auction for an HT Cushman piece is $300, for a Cushman lamp table, sold on 16th April 2005 from ROYKA’S.
The lowest price paid for an HT Cushman piece is $150, for a lot comprising a pair of HT Cushman chairs, sold from Tuten/Penland Auctions on 21st February 2008.
Other H.T. Cushman pieces have sold for prices in the region of $200-400.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)